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    1. S.A. Calls Tender for "Next Generation" Renewables and Storage

      S.A. Calls Tender for "Next Generation" Renewables and Storage

      South Australia has announced plans to hold a tender for the “next generation” of renewable energy technologies, including projects that provide “firming” for current and pending wind and solar projects, bulk energy storage, and bio-energy. Premier Jay Weatherill says developers will be invited to apply for a share of the $150 million Renewable Technology Fund, or at least the estimated $130 million that is left after the commitment to the Tesla big battery to be built in Jamestown by December 1.

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    2. Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

      Tesla & Lg Chem Set To Dominate Massive US Battery Storage Market

      The US firm Tesla and South Korea’s LG Chem are tipped to dominate the US battery storage market, which is expected to be worth as much as $US50 billion by 2020. Analysts at investment bank Morgan Stanley suggest Tesla and LG Chem are best positioned to take big market shares in a market that it predicts will grow faster than most others expect. Morgan Stanley says the “addressable” battery storage market in the US is 85GWh, or around $US30 billion. But if regulators come on board and allow it to compete in deregulated power markets, then that forecast is nearly doubled to 140GWh or more than $US50 billion.

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    3. LG Chem Unveils New Battery Storage, Adding More Choice for Solar Households

      LG Chem Unveils New Battery Storage, Adding More Choice for Solar Households

      LG Chem, the South Korean company with the biggest share of the grid-connected battery storage market in Australia, has released its new generation systems, promising they will offer more choice, and be cheaper, smaller, lighter, and with improved aesthetics. LG Chem, which claims nearly half of the nascent but rapidly growing Australian grid-connected market, is offering low voltage and high voltage options to Australian households, with its new battery storage systems ranging from a stackable 3.3kWh lithium-ion system to a 9.8kWh system.

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    4. Residential Rooftop Solar + Storage Will Change Grid, Says AEMO

      Residential Rooftop Solar + Storage Will Change Grid, Says AEMO

      Originally published on RenewEconomy. The Australian Energy Market Operator has highlighted the big changes ahead for the Australian electricity grid brought about by rooftop solar PV and battery storage, in its first major assessment of the household market and its impacts on the grid. For the first time, AEMO has made household energy use and solar [&hellip

      Residential Rooftop Solar + Storage Will Change Grid, Says AEMO was originally published on CleanTechnica.

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      Mentions: Australia Tasmania
    5. ACT Targets 600 Homes in Second Round of Battery Storage Tender

      ACT Targets 600 Homes in Second Round of Battery Storage Tender

      The ACT government continues to lead the field in battery storage incentives in Australia, announcing on Wednesday morning that it will target around 600 Canberra homes and businesses in the second round of its battery storage tender. The new funding round will make $2 million available, which ACT environment and energy minister Simon Corbell says should result in about 2MW of battery storage capacity. It is part of an overall program to fund around 36MW of battery storage, the largest supported program in Australia by quite a distance.

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    6. Study Suggests Australia's Largest Battery Storage Array Could Complement 91 MW Wind Farm

      Study Suggests Australia's Largest Battery Storage Array Could Complement 91 MW Wind Farm

      A ground-breaking study involving leading utilities and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has suggested that Australia’s largest battery storage array could be installed at a South Australian wind farm. The study – Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration in South Australia (ESCRI-SA) – looks at a range of possibilities for non-hydro storage in South Australia and concludes that a 10MW, 20MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility next to the 91MW Wattle Valley wind farm on the Yorke Peninsula is the best option.

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    7. Another global solar giant to launch battery storage product in Australia

      Another global solar giant to launch battery storage product in Australia

      The nascent but highly prospective residential battery storage market in Australia has drawn another major international player, with Chinese solar giant GCL Poly to make a global launch of its battery storage product in Melbourne early next month. GCL Poly, which has become the biggest player in the supply of poly-silicon and wafers to the solar PV market, and which is also a major developer of solar farms, will launch its new product at the Energy Storage Conference in early May.

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    8. Biggest Battery Storage Array Mooted for South Australia Wind Farm

      Biggest Battery Storage Array Mooted for South Australia Wind Farm

      A ground-breaking study involving leading utilities and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has suggested that Australia’s largest battery storage array could be installed at a South Australian wind farm. The study – Energy Storage for Commercial Renewable Integration in South Australia (ESCRI-SA) – looks at a range of possibilities for non-hydro storage in South Australia and concludes that a 10MW, 20MWh lithium-ion battery storage facility next to the 91MW Wattle Valley wind farm on the Yorke Peninsula is the best option.

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    9. Utility To Take Part Of Melbourne Suburb Off Grid With Solar + Storage

      Utility To Take Part Of Melbourne Suburb Off Grid With Solar + Storage

      Victoria network operator Ausnet Services is to take part of a Melbourne suburb completely off grid, powered only with rooftop solar and battery storage, in a first-of-its kind trial in Australia that points to the speed of the household energy revolution. There is growing interest in the use of  mini-grids in Australia, using local renewable energy sources to take remote towns and new housing developments either completely off the grid, or equipped with a “small” connection.

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    10. Europe’s Sonnen Launches Battery Storage Product into Australia

      Europe’s Sonnen Launches Battery Storage Product into Australia

      Leading European battery storage developer Sonnen has announced it will soon launch its Sonnenbatterie product in Australia, joining a host of international and local brand names, including Tesla, LG, Enphase, Panasonic, Samsung, Redflow and Ecoult in tapping into the first big domestic battery storage market in the world. sonnenThe German-based Sonnen, which makes lithium-ion battery storage systems, says it will partner with True Value Solar – the biggest installer in Australia – to offer an all-in-one system of rooftop solar panels and the SonnenBatterie. It also expects to introduce peer-to-peer trading, meaning that households with battery storage will be able to trade energy with neighbours. It has already introduced such a product into Europe.

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    11. Battery Storage: Incumbent Utilities Still Don't Get It

      Battery Storage: Incumbent Utilities Still Don't Get It

      Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that predicts one million Australian households will adopt battery storage over the next four years, says the broader energy market in Australia still underestimates what’s about to hit them. The comments come in a brief appraisal of the main factors weighing on the Australian energy market and the incumbent coal-fired generators, the big networks and retailers. Many of these companies have sought to downplay the prospect of battery storage in recent weeks and months, telling investors and conference gatherings that battery storage is still “un-economic” and that installation rates will be slower than thought.

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    12. Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Ecoult Battery System Trialled for Grid Support Role in Ireland

      Australian-based battery storage technology developer Ecoult is taking its product to Europe for the first time, following its selection to be used in a trial to provide back-up services for electricity grid. The Sydney-based company, a spin off from the CSIRO, says one of its Ultra-Battery energy storage products is to be installed in Dublin in a smart grid testbed to integrate fast-response storage with the electricity grid.

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    13. Tesla Says Strong Demand For Powerwall Battery Storage Unit In Australia

      Tesla Says Strong Demand For Powerwall Battery Storage Unit In Australia

      Electric vehicle and battery storage developer Tesla Motors says it is receiving “very strong” demand for its new battery storage products in Australia, which are due to be rolled out in the next month or two. In its latest quarterly update, the company said it will accelerate its battery cell production at its new “gigafactory” – a battery storage manufacturing plant in Nevada – and says it does not expect to be beaten on price.

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    14. Coalition to Accelerate Battery Storage in Australian Households

      Coalition to Accelerate Battery Storage in Australian Households

      The Australian government has announced that it wants to accelerate the deployment of battery storage in Australian households, chiefly as a means to reduce huge peaks in demand and reduce costs for consumers, but also to cut emissions. Environment minister Greg Hunt says he wants the two institutions that have been brought within his department – the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) – to bring forward the widespread deployment of battery storage.

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    15. Battery Storage Barely Scratched Surface of Possibilities in Australia

      Battery Storage Barely Scratched Surface of Possibilities in Australia

      Battery storage is already starting to make its mark in Australia in the household market and at the utility level, but according to one of the world leading battery manufacturers, it ain’t seen nothing yet. South Korean group Kokam says battery technology is presenting cost effective opportunities across a myriad applications – from luxury boats, ferries, and off-grid electrical systems – to substituting the coal fired generators and gas turbines that provide “spinning reserve” for the main grid.

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    16. Battery Storage Will Be As Common As Broadband In 10 Years, Says Simon Hackett

      Battery Storage Will Be As Common As Broadband In 10 Years, Says Simon Hackett

      “The future of the energy storage and handling sector is increasingly about the deployment of smart and dynamic control mechanisms to manage energy flows,” Simon Hackett, chairman of Redflow says. “Here’s the analogy: Redflow makes hard drives, and what I am designing here is a high availability file server for them to be put into. What you will get early next year is battery system that can be easily configured and also easily scaled up later, and managed with a web browser.”

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    17. LG Chem Pushes Australian Battery Storage Prices Further Down The Curve

      LG Chem Pushes Australian Battery Storage Prices Further Down The Curve

      The competition in the nascent battery storage market continues to intensify, with South Korean appliance manufacturers LG Chem launching a new 6.4kWh battery storage system that approaches the key $1,000/kWh mark. The new battery storage system is being made available to consumers in the next few weeks, and follows the release into the Australian market of AU Optronics, promoted by AGL Energy, and rival offerings from Samsung,  Enphase, Panasonic and SMA.

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    18. ACT Swamped By Proposals For 976MW Of Solar Plus Storage

      ACT Swamped By Proposals For 976MW Of Solar Plus Storage

      The ACT [Australian Capital Territory] government says it has been swamped by thirty submissions representing 967MW of potential solar plus storage capacity in response to its call for interest on its next generation solar program. ACT energy minister Simon Corbell says the huge response signifies the potential opportunity for next generation solar in Australia. The ACT government intends to commission around 50MW of capacity, in what will likely be the first large scale solar plus storage project, or projects, in Australia.

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    19. ARENA Fund Invests $6.3 Million In California Battery Storage Start-Up

      ARENA Fund Invests $6.3 Million In California Battery Storage Start-Up

      The venture capital fund managed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency has invested $6.3 million in a US-based battery storage start-up with big plans for the battery storage market in Australia. Southern Cross Ventures was one of a number of high profile investment funds – including Kleiner Perkins, the biggest invetor in clean-tech and the investment arm of Samsung – to invest in California-based SinoEV, also known as Octillion Power Systems in Australia.

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    20. Australia Facing ‘iPhone’ Moment With Home Battery Storage

      Australia Facing ‘iPhone’ Moment With Home Battery Storage

      Australia has all the ingredients to be the world’s leading market on battery storage: Lots of solar, high prices, and a consumer base that is independent, cost conscious and distrustful of incumbents. There is no doubt that Australia is going to be at the leading edge of battery storage. As we have written before, that is because of the huge number of solar panels already on household rooftops, the high electricity costs (particularly network charges), and the excellent solar resources. But there is more than that behind the reason so many global battery storage developers are targeting Australia as their first big market, and a test case to the world. It is also about the unique approach Australians have to their energy supplies, a healthy cynicism about the incumbent utilities, and a yearning for energy independence.

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    21. Why Australia Will Lead the World in Solar + Storage

      Why Australia Will Lead the World in Solar + Storage

      It is Australia that is widely considered to be the testing ground for storage, both behind the meter and on the network, and the country that will define how storage is more widely implemented. That’s largely due to its huge rates of penetration of rooftop solar, which is driving both challenges and opportunities for grid operators, retailers and consumers alike. Enphase has chosen Australia to be the launch-pad, early next year, for its new battery storage offering – a 1.2kWh system that it will integrate with its micro-inverters and other smart technology.

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    22. Redflow Says Tesla Lifts Storage Profile, But It Can Still Compete

      Redflow Says Tesla Lifts Storage Profile, But It Can Still Compete

      Australian battery storage developer Redflow says it welcomes the public profile created by the release of the Tesla battery storage products from Tesla, and insists that its technology will be able to compete in what will be a rapidly expanding market. Tesla, as we know, has grabbed headlines and much interest with the release of its home, business and utility-scale battery storage products, and its pricing guide, which beats the offerings of any of its lithium-ion battery storage rivals by at least half. The question for many investors, consumers and the energy industry has been: what does it mean for Tesla’s rivals? Brisbane-based Redflow responded to those questions with a release to the stock exchange on Friday, reassuring investors that Tesla may have brought public attention to the possibilities of battery storage, but it will not conquer all in its wake.

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    23. Vector To Deploy Tesla Storage, As Australian Utilities Weigh Options

      Vector To Deploy Tesla Storage, As Australian Utilities Weigh Options

      New Zealand electricity network operator Vector has signed a partnership to bring the Tesla battery storage devices to its home market in Auckland, and Australian networks may also follow. Vector CEO Simon MacKenzie was one of three senior executives of the company to make the trip to California last week for the announcement of Tesla’s battery storage pricing package. “This is the start of a significant change in the energy industry,” MacKenzie told the New Zealand Herald on Monday.

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